Tribune News Service
NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 28
India has maintained its hectic diplomacy with West Asia aimed at attracting petro dollars for infra projects and ensuring that the huge expatriate community does not get rough treatment at a time when jobs are scarce and crude prices are ruling low.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s visit to Qatar, which ended on Monday, will be followed by a visit to Kuwait, said sources. He has already travelled to the UAE and Bahrain.
This was Jaishankar’s first visit to Qatar after taking over as External Affairs Minister. Hosting over 7 lakh Indians, New Delhi had tried to maintain regular contact with Qatar. PM Narendra Modi thrice spoke to the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani over the phone in the past few months, while Jaishankar and his Cabinet colleagues have been in touch with their Qatari counterparts.
Significantly, Indian Army Chief Gen. MM Naravane has just returned from Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
The six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain – host nearly 90 lakh Indians. South Bock, concerned about their well being during the pandemic, has maintained frequent high-level contacts with the leadership.